- Proposals for local input on oil, gas locations under fire Updated: Oct-07-15 6:24 pm
DENVER - State regulators have released proposed rules to give local governments more of a say in the location of new oil and gas wells, and they quickly came under fire Wednesday from the energy industry and environmental groups.
- IMF Chief: We're cooked if we fail on climate change Updated: Oct-07-15 6:19 pm
LIMA, Peru - International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday that failure to take urgent action on global warming will condemn humanity to the same fate as the Peruvian poultry that so many delegates to the group's annual meeting are enjoying this week in a country famed for its cuisine.
- Agency issues split decision in water reservation case Updated: Oct-07-15 6:18 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state agency delivered a split decision Wednesday for conservationists seeking to protect fish from the potential development of a coal mine in south-central Alaska.
- California wants renewable energy for half its power by 2030 Updated: Oct-07-15 6:15 pm
LOS ANGELES - Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals on Wednesday, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.
- Woman awarded $1.6 million over DuPont chemical in water Updated: Oct-07-15 6:02 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio woman who says she got cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical from a DuPont plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia, has been awarded $1.6 million.
- Feds say first humpback whales of season spotted in Hawaii Updated: Oct-07-15 5:59 pm
HONOLULU - Humpback whales were spotted in the waters off Hawaii for the first time this season, leading officials to warn ships and recreational boaters to steer clear of the endangered visitors.
- Environmental group targets Indiana's right-to-farm laws Updated: Oct-07-15 5:56 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An environmental group is challenging the constitutionality of Indiana's right-to-farm laws on behalf of two rural families who say the stench wafting from a large hog farm west of Indianapolis is making their homes unlivable.
- Lumber Liquidators paying $10M in wood importation probe Updated: Oct-07-15 5:37 pm
NEW YORK - Lumber Liquidators says it will pay $10 million and plead guilty to five violations of environmental law, including one felony charge, to end a federal investigation into its importation of illegally sourced wood products.
- Flood slams South Carolina's already shoddy infrastructure Updated: Oct-07-15 5:27 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Long before the historic floods of the past week, crumbling roads, bridges and dams and aging drinking water systems plagued South Carolina - a poor state that didn't spend much on them in the first place and has been loath to raise taxes for upkeep.
- Princeton unveils building focused on energy, environment Updated: Oct-07-15 5:16 pm
PRINCETON, New Jersey - Princeton University has unveiled its newest building.
- VW's top US executive learned of emissions issues in 2014 Updated: Oct-07-15 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON - Volkswagen's top U.S.-based executive is expected to testify before Congress Thursday that he first learned in 2014 of emissions problems with the German automaker's four-cylinder diesel cars.
- Feds decide not to extend federal protection to tiny snail Updated: Oct-07-15 5:11 pm
OAK CREEK, Arizona - A tiny snail found along springs in Yavapai County won't be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
- Burn ban issued for Washington County Updated: Oct-07-15 5:07 pm
GREENVILLE, Mississippi - A burn ban has been issued for Washington County.
- Dead bat on Lane CC campus tests positive for rabies Updated: Oct-07-15 5:06 pm
EUGENE, Oregon - Health officials have confirmed that a bat found dead on the Lane Community College campus in Eugene had rabies.
- Large crowds expected at Grays Harbor oil terminal hearing Updated: Oct-07-15 4:51 pm
ABERDEEN, Washington - State officials say large crowds are expected Thursday at a public hearing on two oil terminals proposed at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam.
- GE to establish energy firm combining several businesses Updated: Oct-07-15 4:45 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - General Electric Co. has established an energy company that combines its LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses and a software system to help customers improve efficiency.
- Knots from pope-blessed grotto find new purpose: insulation Updated: Oct-07-15 4:44 pm
PHILADELPHIA - An art installation blessed by Pope Francis during his trip to Philadelphia is being disassembled, but it will be repurposed to help the needy.
- Clarification: Migratory Birds-Protections story Updated: Oct-07-15 4:29 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas - In a story Oct. 4, The Associated Press reported that K&L Gates represents Duke Energy Corp. The story should have made clear that while the law firm represents Duke on some matters, it did not represent the company in a lawsuit over the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
- Rail bikes are popular in Adirondacks but may be short-lived Updated: Oct-07-15 4:13 pm
SARANAC LAKE, New York - Long-unused and deteriorating railroad tracks in the Adirondacks have been put to use by a new tourist attraction imported from South Korea - pedal-powered rail-riding vehicles called rail bikes.
- Gasholder, piece of industrial past, faces uncertain future Updated: Oct-07-15 3:53 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - A round, red-brick relic of this country's industrial transformation sits shakily at the southern entrance to New Hampshire's capital city, the cupola atop its conical, tree-damaged roof slumping northward.
- Supreme Court hears arguments on contaminated soil farm Updated: Oct-07-15 3:42 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The South Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether Fall River County properly approved a company's plan to take in and clean oil-contaminated soil near Edgemont.
- Endangered Species Act list won't add American eels Updated: Oct-07-15 3:35 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - American eels will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a victory for fishermen of the increasingly valuable species.
- Environmental groups predict more appeals in Exxon case Updated: Oct-07-15 3:24 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Environmental groups say they plan to pursue further appeals of New Jersey's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil even if a judge denies their effort to intervene in the case.
- Feds opt not to list 3 species in Idaho, surrounding states Updated: Oct-07-15 2:48 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Authorities say three species found in Idaho and neighboring states don't require federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.
- Bankruptcy judge approves chemical spill company's plan Updated: Oct-07-15 2:42 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - More than $2 million will be distributed to residents and businesses affected by a 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia under a liquidation plan approved by a bankruptcy judge.